Sometimes it feels so easy …. I’m sure you know what I mean …. those rare occasions that you have an idea and translating it into fabric and thread just flows, everything happens right the first time. It’s such a magic, wonderful feeling that for me at least, happens only rarely – usually I can be found muttering, unpicking, tweaking and re-stitching! But there was no unpicking at all while I was stitching this project – my Woodland Alphabet Quilt …
It’s destined to be a gift for some friends who have been waiting for adoption for some time. They’ve recently heard that they’ll be bringing home a little boy aged seven months in just a few weeks time. I do hope they’ll like my gift…
It’s still very much a work in progress, but I finished piecing the top late this afternoon – just some borders around the edges and it’s onto the quilting. I was inspired by the clean lines and appliqued text of the Baby Life Quilt design by V and Co that I found in the Moda Bakeshop…
I love the uncluttered feel of this quilt and wanted to try to give my Woodland Alphabet Quilt the same feeling of simplicity and space – as well as including lots of forest friends ….
I followed Vanessa Christenson’s tip of zig-zagging around my applique shapes with clear thread. All my shapes were quite simple so there wasn’t too much huffing and puffing while pivoting around corners. My favourite block is R for Rabbit (of course!) ….
Though the hedgehog and mouse are cute too. I’m considering whether to add a narrow patchwork border around all the squares before the final wider borders – if anybody has any thoughts or suggestions I’d love to hear them. This project will be included in the April issue of the Bustle & Sew eMagazine and then I’ll be wrapping it up ready to send to my friends in time for their baby boy’s arrival.
It’s such a dreary day outside today. It’s cold and grey and muddy … a fine rain has been falling the whole day long and the hilltops are shrouded in mist. Even the newfies were happy to come indoors after their walk and they’re both now curled up nice and snug on their beds. It’s the kind of day when I have to remind myself that yes, the nights are shortening, there are snowdrops in the hedgerows and spring will soon be here – the kind of day for thinking pink! So I treated myself to a beautiful bunch of (mainly) pink flowers from the Farm Shop …
Perfect for my Emma Bridgewater vase. And I finished the last bunny for my “Making Money Making” series starting in the February issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine ….
Rosie is trying to snaffle the set of three bunnies for her Easter decorations. But she’s definitely not having my lovely bunny cushion made from the same template – he looks perfectly at home in my hallway ….
Lots of cheerful pinkness!! And I also decided upon a lovely pink background for the cover of the February issue …..
It may be grey outside, but spring is definitely on the way indoors! The February issue is published on Thursday 30th January – CLICK HERE to learn more.
Publication day for the February issue of the Bustle & Sew e-Magazine is drawing closer and I’m busy working on the last project to be included. It’s not a traditional sort of pattern …. I’ve started a new series of articles for the magazine “Making Money Making” and I wanted to show how simple shapes can be used in a variety of ways to give great results that are sure to be popular at craft fairs and online. (I don’t at all mind people selling items they personally have made using my patterns, providing they credit Bustle & Sew with the design). I’ve chosen a basic sitting bunny shape and so far have worked it into four easy (and saleable) projects. There’s a set of three bunnies that would make a great Easter decoration ….
Perhaps a larger bunny with gusset for a novelty cushion? Or why not applique the bunny template to a patchwork base for a more traditional look….
And of course it’s always useful to have a little help when you’re trying to take photos ….
Especially when you don’t want dog hair everywhere! Thanks for your help Daisy, I don’t know how I’d manage without you – a little of your help goes a very long way indeed!
I’m just working on the final bunny idea for this month’s issue – I’m all out of time – but I may include another couple of ideas in the March issue. Here’s the final work in progress …..
Exactly the same template, but much much smaller with a border of spring flowers. The bunny project and the first article in my new series about making to sell will be in the February issue of the Bustle & Sew e-Magazine – it’s out next week, so not too long to wait!
I’m so excited! Rosie and Dan are coming down this weekend and I’ve been busy in the kitchen all afternoon. Rosie is a bit of a chocaholic so we have loads of chocolatey goodies, as well as some savoury delights to enjoy too. And I’ve finished this month’s magazine as well – with SIX Bustle & Sew projects for you to enjoy ….
I can’t decide which one’s my favourite! These patterns are all in the September Magazine which will be published next week. But meanwhile, as I’m feeling so very excited at seeing the happy couple and enjoying a whole weekend of wedding chatter, I thought I’d share the bliss by giving away a free pattern – my little “Grandmother’s Bunny”. You can spot her in the top right-hand corner of the image above, and here she is a bit larger …
Isn’t she pretty? And (with a little bit of tweaking from me), so modern-looking. Why, you might wonder, have I called her Grandmother’s Bunny? Well, unbelievably this transfer is from an embroidery magazine dated 1933! So she’s 80 years old – definitely old enough to be a grandma! Just CLICK HERE to download your free Grandmother’s Bunny pattern – and I do hope you’ll enjoy stitching her.